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The Curiosity Hour Podcast: Stay Curious! We believe everyone has an amazing story to tell and we encourage you to find out the stories all around you with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others in your communities.

Find out more about your co-hosts Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund on our website: http://thecuriosityhourpodcast.com
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Episode 134 - Erik Davis Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Erik Davis. Erik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and scholar based in San Francisco. His wide-ranging work focuses on the intersection of alternative religion, media, and the popular imagination. He is the author, most recently, of High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, co-published by MIT Press and Strange Attractor. He also wrote Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (2010), The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape (2006), a critical volume on Led Zeppelin (2005), and the celebrated TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information (1998). Erik’s scholarly and popular essays on music, technoculture, drugs, and spirituality have appeared in scores of books, magazines, and journals, and his writing has been translated into a dozen languages. He explores the “cultures of consciousness” on his long-running podcast Expanding Mind. Davis has spoken widely at conferences, retreat centers, and festivals, and has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, public radio, and the New York Times. He graduated from Yale University, and earned his PhD in religious studies at Rice University. You can follow him at: https://techgnosis.com https://twitter.com/erik_davis https://techgnosis.com/category/podcast/ Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 133 - Christopher Meyers. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Christopher Meyers. Born in Kansas City and has lived around the metro his whole life. He graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. Worked in Veterinary Medicine for many years before pursuing his other passion of brewing with his brewery partners. He has been with his wife, Kimberly, for over 12 years and they now have 3 children. When he isn't at the brewery, he enjoys his family, cooking, bonfires, staying current on news and discoveries, and geeking out on the endlessly available media. He believes we are all equal and that we should do our best to make choices that do no harm. You can follow him at: https://www.facebook.com/tophermey/ Twitter: Chrisjmey Instagram: Tophermey or the brewery: https://www.facebook.com/CraneBrewing/ Twitter - CraneBrewing Instagram - CraneBrewing Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 132 - Don Carter. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Don Carter. Don Carter is an expert in trauma, healing, and kindness, not only because he studies those facets of the human experience but because of his own life experiences. After leaving a decade-long career in law enforcement, Don dove deep into a healing journey that he calls “reclaiming [his] humanity”. He faced his experiences with PTSD, love, and suicide loss with radical vulnerability. This enabled him to “come alive again” through his engagement with the world as he gained insights about the transformative power of kindness. These insights and his genuine curiosity about what it means to be human and what the future holds for society at large, set the framework for his coaching and speaking businesses. The mission of his company — doncarter.co — is to empower people to shift their own perceptions about their world and to see that it is not as hostile as they may believe. It is Don’s belief that in so doing, people can create more freedom, joy, and happiness for themselves and others. Don Carter offers transformational coaching programs to those seeking to heal and live vibrantly through and after traumatic loss. He also serves mission-driven executives and leaders who seek to unlock the next level of their personal evolution and unleash their greatness into the world. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 131 - Juliet Mylan. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Juliet Mylan. Juliet Mylan is a trans activist within the DSA Queer Caucus in Portland, Oregon as well as being a stand-up comedian in her spare time. She has used her social media platform to highlight the challenges that have come from being trans in society without judgment or fear, which often melds into her comedic material. Most of the material she discusses on stage is pulled directly from her own life as she navigates gender identity, nerd fandoms, transphobia, dating, healthcare, and how to use the women's bathroom as a trans woman. You can see some of her comedy here: https://youtu.be/vQ4Ss-pnuUM If you'd like to follow her on social media you can find her on facebook at facebook.com/julietmylancomedy. ********* She is also currently fundraising for gender confirmation surgery. Just before this episode aired, Juliet found out that she was losing her insurance because of the repeal in the Medicaid expansion, meaning she'll have to pay for her medical care entirely out of pocket. For more information and where to donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/juliet-tangos-surgery-fund ********* Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 130 - Elle Dowd. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Elle Dowd. Elle Dowd (she/her/hers) is a bi-furious seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Elle has pieces of her heart in Sierra Leone, where her two children were born, and in St. Louis where she learned from the radical, queer, Black leadership during the Ferguson Uprising. She was formerly a founding co-conspirator with the movement to #decolonizeLutheranism and currently works as a community organizer with SOUL and the Faith and Justice Collective, writes regularly for the Disrupt Worship Project, and facilitates workshops on gender and sexuality and the Church in both secular conferences and Christian spaces. Elle has interests in queer and feminist Biblical interpretation and liberation and body theology. Elle loves spending time with the people she loves and on weekends, Elle tours the city of Chicago in search of the best brunch. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElleDowdMinistry/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HowNowBrownDowd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hownowbrowndowd Medium: https://medium.com/@elledowd Elle also does paid consultation work for churches, non profits, and businesses on issues of gender/sexuality, purity culture, and LGTBQIA+ issues. She also does consultation work and workshops on progressive parenting as well as on community organizing. Inquiries should be sent to danielle.dowd@gmail.com. Elle gives a reduced rate for churches/non profits. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 129 - Ally Henny. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Ally Henny. Ally's bio: Ally Henny is a full-time wife, mother, and student. She is the host of the Combing the Roots podcast and is pursing a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Race, Cultural Identity, and Reconciliation. She hopes to plant and pastor a church someday. She has a passion for racial healing and justice and seeks to heal our nation’s racial divide through truth-telling, education, and compassion. Podcast: Combing the Roots https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/combing-the-roots-with-ally-henny/id1458679771 Website: www.allyhenny.com Facebook: fb.me/allyhennypage Blog: The Armchair Commentary www.thearmchaircommentary.com Twitter: @thearmchaircom IG: @allyhenny Patreon: www.patreon.com/allyhenny Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 128 - J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Professor J. Kēhaulani Kauanui. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. She earned her is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008) and Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018). She is also the editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018), which is based on the radio program she produced and hosted for seven years, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond” that was widely syndicated through the Pacific network. Kauanui currently serves as a co-producer for an anarchist politics show called, “Anarchy on Air,” a majority-POC show co-produced with a group of Wesleyan students, which builds on her earlier work on another collaborative anarchist program called “Horizontal Power Hour.” Kauanui is one of the six original co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), established in 2008. And she serves as an advisory board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. https://jkauanui.faculty.wesleyan.edu https://anarchyonairwesu.tumblr.com http://indigenouspolitics.com Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 127 - Waleed Amer. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Waleed Amer. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 126 - Mandy Fer. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Mandy Fer. Mandy Fer Bio: "Sway Wild was born on a small island in the Salish Sea. In the fall of 2017, Mandy Fer, Dave McGraw, and Thom Lord had just come home to San Juan Island, Washington, after two months spent navigating a 36-foot sailboat among the remote anchorages of British Columbia. Before this trip, and with little experience sailing, the three friends had spent countless evenings dreaming aloud about exploring the Inside Passage, with its glacier-carved fjords and innumerable secluded islands, that lay between them and Alaska. Deciding that the time may never be better, they managed to find a 1972 Islander that could stand up to such a trip, pointed it north, and learned to sail it together along the way. For Fer and McGraw, the voyage served as a kind of sabbatical from nine years of heavy international touring as an acclaimed indie-folk duo, sharing stages with the likes of Iron & Wine, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Mandolin Orange. The days on the boat were filled reading books in quiet green coves, watching humpback whales and black bears for hours on end, and talking over simple dinners of freshly baked bread and fish caught from a creaky plastic rowboat. Feeling invigorated and inspired from their journey, the three former bandmates returned to their pastoral island as the weather began to turn cold. They took to playing music in Fer and McGraw’s living room, with no aspirations other than to enjoy the process of creation. Between her Strat, her powerful songwriting, and her rapturous vocals, Fer’s indelible influence permeates Sway Wild. She clearly loves the world around her, as well as the people in it. Her moving lyrics serve to both process and share her jubilation, her grief, and her frustration with a complex and deeply imperfect society. This authentic and thoughtful approach is underscored by McGraw and Lord, a rhythm section that just happened to have met as wildlife biologists studying endangered California condors in the Grand Canyon. They provide unwavering support to Fer’s formidable musicianship in a way that remains consistently accessible and emotional, and the resulting sound explores the corners of pop, jazz, funk, prog, worldbeat, folk, and, of course, rock. At its nucleus, though, it is undeniably full of joy—a music saturated in gratitude for well-lived lives and sympathetic to our shared humanity. It can squeeze the heart in your chest, it can draw tears from your eyes, and it can force you to get up and move your body; over and over, it somehow manages to do all three at once." Website: http://swaywild.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/davemcgrawandmandyfer Twitter: https://twitter.com/swaywild Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/sway-wild/1470529996 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/amferrarini/playlist/5qj5B8wGNx4mcsYFVkse23?si=9UYP66JHSlSIyAcfntBM2Q\\ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLODG4cLgVoEVX1PgDTZIj6pVKraOMMceP Bandcamp: https://swaywild.bandcamp.com/releases All music excerpts in episode are used with permission from Sway Wild. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 125 - Gon. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Gon. Gon Bio: “When asked to explain that rather circuitous path that lead to the creation of his debut album, Gon Halevi—better known simply as Gon—can only laugh. The 26-year-old singer and musician, who came to New York by way of Tel Aviv, is quick to recognize the somewhat unusual nature of his trajectory. “The short version is that I moved to New York to study opera singing and somewhere in the middle of it I stopped liking it. So I kind of stopped doing opera and started doing my own music, performing in small venues. Despite being an atheist, I paid my tuition by performing for Jewish community centers and synagogues. At some point, a cantor of a congregation in Florida asked me to perform there. It was in the middle of my fourth year at school and they gave me a big enough budget to bring the musicians I wanted to have up on stage with me, down to Florida from Manhattan. They also allowed me to add four songs of my own to the show. It was the first time I heard my music played the way I wanted it to be played. Once I heard that rich, deep sound of a rock band, choir, and a string ensemble, merge around my music - I got all the confirmation I needed to start working on my album.” The eleven tracks on Gon’s full-length debut, Diagonal Fields, strike a delicate balance between piano-driven ballads and perfectly augmented cinematic chamber pop, all wrapped around a voice that is by turns plaintive, deeply emotive, and—for lack of a better term—swooningly operatic. Tracks like “Breaking out” “Coming Home” and “Alive” are buoyed by the ebullience and range of Gon’s voice, which dips and soars effortlessly through the songs, wrapping the tracks with a sense of longing and, more often than not, a barely contained joy. “It took a while for me to figure out exactly how I wanted my voice to work in this context,” he explains. “My voice has been influenced by so many things: my opera training, for sure, as well as the fact that I’ve been speaking and singing in Hebrew for so many years. When writing my own songs, I started peeling away the classical music gestures just to find my own voice. All of those years of study are still in there, but it’s almost like I had to un-learn all of that stuff in order to find myself, in order to just simply be me.” Website: https://www.gon-music.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gon_music/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GonGonMusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gon_Gon_Music Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5GIriTfMvVRuHEh4WI3Oa0?si=UPg1HedoTwuXeOTg2Ceeow YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/halevigon Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gon_music All music excerpts in episode are used with permission from Gon. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 124 - Beth Siemer. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Beth Siemer. Beth's bio: "My core personal values are to LOVE God and LOVE people. My core political values are the pursuit of a More Perfect Union with Liberty and Justice for All. Pretty much everything I do is driven by these core values, including my current engagement in dialogue on Facebook. I’m a truth-seeker by nature, which drives me to dig deep in understanding what it looks like to pursue these values. Part of digging deep for me includes continually pressure-testing my thoughts with other people and course-correcting in my own understanding where needed. I’m also an advocate by nature and assume most people generally share these core values and also want to align with them, which drives me to share my thoughts to the extent it’s helpful to others. In my professional life, my career has taken turns as I try to do the next best thing in front of me. Currently, I’m a corporate transactional attorney in the specialty pharmacy space. In my outside-of-work life, I have two teenage daughters who are ridiculously incredible and interesting humans—I’m thrilled that I get to have a front row seat in their lives. My husband, Rob, and I have been married for 22 years and we make our home in St. Louis, Missouri. I was raised in the evangelical church, but would call myself a “deconstructing Christian” if I had to call myself something. I believe in God, love the heck out of Jesus and do my best to live my life by His example, but cannot for the life of me figure out what to do with the organized church. In my muchness, I insist on squeezing everything out of every minute I get on this earth, and particularly love laughing, making others laugh, traveling, baking, cooking, eating, drinking, throwing awesome parties, walking, listening to music (which includes pretending my singing voice and dance moves are better than they are), completing projects, watching TV and movies, gardening (poorly), connecting with folks, teaching others new things, learning new things, getting alone time, and riding roller coasters. For PDF that Beth describes in episode, please contact Beth directly. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 123 - Sophia Urista. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Sophia Urista. Sophia's bio: Sophia Urista is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Known for her blues rock solo performances and as lead singer of NYC rock bands "Rebel and the Titan", and "The VeeVees", Sophia has been dubbed the most promising artist in rock n roll music. She's made her mark in New York as MC at Duane Park, The Box, and Sleep No More and stunned audiences at Brooklyn's Afropunk Music Festival, Irving Plaza, and beyond. She appeared on The Voice (U.S. season 11) on NBC Television where she was chosen by Miley Cyrus and competed for several episodes until the elimination round. She has performed on numerous recordings including John Wick: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the seasonal anthology from her appearance on The Voice and as a featured artists, as she did with Scott Tixier. Website: http://www.sophiaurista.com iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sophia-urista/923473523 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ZOIPu5gy4F5VFvJrRfvVP Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sophiaurista Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophiaurista/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiaurista/?hl=en Brass Against: https://brassagainst.com Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 122 - Lara Downes. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lara Downes. Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, "luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times, and "addicting" by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and taste-maker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. Lara's forays into the broad landscape of American music have created a series of acclaimed recordings, including America Again, selected by NPR as one of "10 Albums that Saved 2016", and hailed as "a balm for a country riven by disunion" by the Boston Globe. Her Sony Classical debut release For Lenny debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award. Downes enjoys creative collaborations with a range of leading artists, including folk icon Judy Collins, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, baritone Thomas Hampson, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer Rhiannon Giddens. Her close partnerships with prominent composers span genres and generations, with premieres and commissions coming from Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider and many others. Downes’ fierce commitment to arts advocacy, mentorship and education sees her working in support of non-profit organizations including the Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY, PLAN International, the Sphinx Organization, and NPR’s From The Top, where she will appear as a featured guest host in Spring 2019. Her Sony Masterworks recording Holes in the Sky, a celebration of the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present and future of American music, was released in March 2019, debuting at the top of the Billboard charts. Her newest album, FOR LOVE OF YOU continues the strand of music by women, celebrating the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann. The album was featured in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/arts/music/clara-schumann.html More info: http://www.laradownes.com/for-love-of-you Buy album: https://lnk.to/ForLoveOfYou Website: http://www.laradownes.com Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2pSV3M4cqq8MUqT3SrXdpS YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJh1m1BlPhkK7_deTexdXw Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/100002728555138 Instagram: http://instagram.com/laradownesmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/laradownes All music excerpts in episode are used with permission from Lara Downes. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 121 - doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D. Doreen's bio: doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D. is a psychologist from Portland, Oregon. She has 25 years of experience working with individuals and groups. In addition to her private practice she maintains an international speaking docket, is the author of the book Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital Age. doreen is an expert in the area of technology and health and spends, on average, 15 hours a week culling both scholarly research and pop culture sources to maintain her expertise as a person whose finger is on the pulse of how technology is shaping the neurological, interpersonal, and intra-personal lives of individuals today. She is routinely featured in national media has carried out anecdotal research circles with thousands of college students across the U.S. and Ireland over the last three years. Her unique, fast-paced speaking style, reminiscent of TED talks, incorporates technological, interpersonal, and interactive elements and make her uniquely poised to capture the minds and attention of a diverse range of people. Her approach is far from technology-averse, instead, offering a balanced perspective and full spectrum look at the issues of the day. Personally, doreen loves her meditation cushion, the color red, going barefoot, strong coffee, and people…mostly people. link to book for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Deviced-Balancing-Technology-Digital-World/dp/1538115840/ upcoming trainings offered: https://catalog.pesi.com/speaker/doreen-dodgenmagee-595400 webinars if people want more: https://www.yogacalm.org/doreen-technology-use/ Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 120 - Kate Wallinga. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Kate Wallinga. Kate's bio: I spent my entire professional life in the fields of mental health and criminal justice. My favorite, hardest and most important work was specifically in the fields of correctional psych, forensic psych, and crisis assessment. My podcast, “Ignorance Was Bliss,” started off very specifically looking at crime, the criminal justice system, and clinical psychology. Over time, the focus of my show has widened to include the normal, the average, the ordinary, that all of us can understand… but we continue to think of ourselves as somehow screwed up, weird, wrong. We’re not. You’re not. Honest. Just make sure you really want to know. Because the most important certainty I carry, from all my time working with inmates and patients and onlookers, is that the only real difference between “us” and “them” is a key. And that everything we experience, from crippling anxiety to serial murder, is maybe not rational, but there is a logic to it. I can make things understandable. And once you learn just how easy it can be to fall into the darker parts of life, you might think,”…I felt better before I knew that.” My show, extended bio, and other info can be found at iwbpodcast.com, and the Facebook group is at bit.ly/iwbasylum Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 119 - Alex Kack. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Alex Kack. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alex_Kack Citizen-led City Sanctuary Initiative (with links to donate and volunteer): https://www.familiesfreeandtogether.org Tucson City Council Meeting with famous "Green Shirt Guy" moment: https://twitter.com/NickVinZant/status/1158936728557633537 Op-ed in Tucson Weekly from Alex: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/viral-message/Content?oid=26419975 "Green Shirt Guy" stickers and t-shirts: https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org/green-shirt-guy-tee/ The People’s Defense Initiative: https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org/ Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 118 - Melissa Koch. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Melissa Koch. Melissa's bio from her website: "I have always loved writing and reading. When my son was born in 2012, my parents brought all my childhood books to our house—boxes and boxes of familiar books. My journals filled one of the large boxes. Forgotten pages of observations of the natural and human-made world mixed with my personal hopes, explorations, disappointments, and dreams. How are bridges built and why are some people afraid of bridges? What causes earthquakes and why do people build homes where they know earthquakes occur? The connections we have to scientific and engineered worlds has always fascinated and frustrated me. I enjoy helping people (myself included!) understand and make personal connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and our social world. I never know what hidden gems I'll discover deep in the research, especially when I talk with experts. Experts are the best! The act of writing often reveals new patterns to these gems that I can then share with the world. Writing is the best job that doesn't feel like a job. Most days. My resume lists my published work and highlights my professional path in STEM and teacher education. Happy writing and reading to all!" Website: https://www.melissakoch.com Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 117 - Eric Segnitz. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Eric Segnitz. We also extend our sympathy and thoughts to the family and friends of Ben Johnston. We recorded this episode in June prior to Ben Johnston's death. We appreciate Eric talking about Ben Johnston's work and we appreciate Eric generously allowing us to share some pieces composed by Johnston with our listeners. Eric Segnitz has had an extensive career in music reaching both local and international audiences through performance, composition, education, and a wide array of music recording and producing projects. Segnitz is a charter member of the Present Music Ensemble, the Kepler Quartet, has played with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and written scores for film, theatre and television. Segnitz has been the recipient of several music awards and grants from national New Music organizations such as the Aaron Copland Fund, the Argosy Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and New Music USA. Websites: Present Music: http://presentmusic.org Kepler Quartet: https://www.keplerquartet.com/index.html New World Records: http://www.newworldrecords.org Musical pieces in episode used with permission from Eric Segnitz. You can skip to them by clicking on the track and choosing the specific time listed below: (11:00) Crossing The Bridge · Eric Segnitz · Kim Robertson. (19:22) Sinatra Shag, Michael Daugherty, University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble, David Gommper. (28:02) String Quartet No. 10: Sprightly, not too fast – Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine. (40:06) Quietness - Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine. (46:16) String Quartet No. 7: Prelude - Scurrying, Forceful, Intense - Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine. (1:06:37) Partita in E Major: III. — Kamran Ince, Eric Segnitz, Carl Storniolo. (1:17:01) Curve - Kamran Ince Present Music, Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine. (1:33:42) In White - Kamran Ince, Present Music, Kevin Stalheim, Eric Segnitz. (1:53:39) Ukulele Serenade - Aaron Copland, Eric Segnitz, Jayne Latva. (1:59:43) Todo Buenos Aires - Astor Piazzolla. arr. & orch. by John Adams) Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri Pensis, Eric Segnitz. (2:07:09) Study in Sonority, Wallingford Riegger, Eric Segnitz. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 116 - Josh Hallmark. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Josh Hallmark. Josh is the host of the Our Americana, True Crime Bullsh**, The Karen & Ellen Letters, and PLAYLIST podcasts. His podcasting career began after, and was inspired by, living in a van and traveling America for six months. Prior to that, he worked in branding in the Apparel and Health Care industries. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York; and has previously lived in Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, San Francisco, and (a brief stint) Cambodia. Website: http://www.our-americana.com Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 115 - Daniel Mintie Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Daniel Mintie. Daniel's bio from his website: "I'm a cognitive-behavioral therapist, teacher and writer based in Taos, New Mexico USA and available for consultation globally via the worldwide web. I have 28 years' experience helping men, women and children heal from anxiety, depression and the sometimes crippling aftereffects of trauma. I love this work and am inspired and humbled by the determination and courage of those I've had the privilege of helping reclaim lives of peace, joy, and relational happiness. Before returning to school to train as a cognitive-behavioral therapist I worked as an international contract journalist, writing about local communities worldwide struggling to secure economic and political justice and establish a sustainable relationship to food, water and land. As is the case with many of my patients and colleagues, I first experienced feelings of irrational sadness and worry as a child. As a young boy I found these feelings very mysterious. Where did they come from? Why did they go away? I did not yet understand how we ourselves create such emotion as a result of our beliefs, thought patterns and behaviors. Also in grade school I developed a lifelong interest in contemplative spiritual practice, yoga and martial arts. I’ve incorporated these interests into my clinical work, research and teaching in the areas of mind/body medicine. Today, in addition to my clinical work, I teach CBT and integrative medicine at universities and training centers around the world. After close to 30 years of clinical practice – and half of century of investigating the human condition – I have an ever-clearer understanding of the roots of human anguish. At the end of the day our emotional torment arises when we find ourselves unable to respond to the sometimes enormous challenges the world brings to us. Our suffering – anxiety, depression, PTSD – itself speaks to our desire successfully to meet such challenges. It is my passion, honor and life work to assist my patients’ doing exactly this." Website: https://danielmintie.com Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
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